Secret Mystery Tunnel Discovered in Toronto -- Is Drake Involved? 

A "large, sophisticated" tunnel was recently discovered near York University in Toronto. Unlike regular, non-spooky tunnels built for known reasons, the Toronto Mystery Tunnel was forged by hands unknown, for deeds unknown. Maybe it was Drake? » 2/23/15 5:55pm 2/23/15 5:55pm

Good night, Toronto

Canada. Hockey. Poutine. Maple Syrup. All such truly wonderful things! Also wonderful? Toronto. Here's a hyperlapse from Ryan Emond that shows the sparkling skyline of the lovely city to our north. » 12/13/14 1:21am 12/13/14 1:21am

London's plan to grow up might go down, Elon Musk's quest to make electric cars cool, and funny anti-Rob Ford ads appear in Toronto. Plus: Learning from streets in Vietnam, Paris, and Manhattan. All this and more in this week's Urban Reads. » 4/01/14 1:30pm 4/01/14 1:30pm

These Time-Warp Photos Show Six Cities In the Past and Present

Cities change: skyscrapers go up, row houses are torn down, neighborhoods gentrify, earthquakes destroy. Vintage photographs of cities can be fascinating in and of themselves, but the familiar unfamiliarity of these time-warped photographs are especially intriguing. » 4/01/14 9:00am 4/01/14 9:00am

This Mesmerizing Ai Weiwei Installation Is Made From 3,144 Bicycles

Last night in Toronto, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei presented a new version of his incredible Forever Bicycles installation. As the centerpiece of this year's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, the all-night contemporary art event that takes over city streets, 3,144 bicycles, the most Weiwei has used of this work to… » 10/08/13 4:41pm 10/08/13 4:41pm

Watch This Army of 21 Snow Plows Team Up to Clear a Canadian Highway

You'd imagine that it would take quite a few plows to clear a snow-covered highway, but not quite this many. Keep count as they go through and you'll see a whole 21 plows in formation (and a couple of sand trucks) painstaking passing piles of grey road-sludge to the right and to the right again and to the right… » 1/13/13 9:00pm 1/13/13 9:00pm

These Crazy CN Tower Ride Videos Shrivel My Testes

Here are some videos of the new crazy tourist ride at the top of the CN Tower in Toronto. No matter how strong that harness is, I know I will be freaking out. And loving it. [Thanks Karl!] » 9/06/11 8:11am 9/06/11 8:11am

The Newest Way To Crap Your Pants In Terror

We humans are always dreaming up new ways of almost killing ourselves without actually killing ourselves. That shot of adrenaline, when you seem to be staring in death's face, reminds us we're alive. » 8/01/11 7:56pm 8/01/11 7:56pm

High Schooler Uses Super Computer to Potentially Cure Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic Fibrosis is a hereditary disease that causes excessive buildup of thick mucus in the lungs and digestive tract. Marshall Zhang is an 11th grader from Toronto that may have just cured it. » 5/11/11 10:00pm 5/11/11 10:00pm

Tourists Can Now Dangle Precariously From CN Tower

This is not going to end well. The CN Tower, which stretches 116 stories above the Toronto skyline, its "main pod" hovering there like some sort of malevolent spacecraft, will now invite tourists to stroll around its perimeter. There will be no fences, no ledges, no plexiglass walls. NOTHING, in fact, standing between… » 5/11/11 6:00am 5/11/11 6:00am

Boyfriend Watches His Girlfriend Murdered Live on Webcam

While he chatted with her over a webcam from China, a Beijing student says there was knock on his girlfriend Qian Liu's door in Toronto. A man entered and a struggle followed. Ten hours later, Liu's body was found in her basement apartment. [ Gawker » 4/20/11 12:19pm 4/20/11 12:19pm]

First Human-Powered, Wing-Flapping Aircraft Successfully Flown

Remember those old timey flying contraptions inventors used to think up? With bulky, mechanical wings that they flapped? Such a device—a human-powered ornithopter—was successfully flown continuously for the first time, marking a bit of aviation history. » 9/23/10 12:20am 9/23/10 12:20am

These Guys Really, Really Want Your Used Electronics

Recycling gadgets has been on our brains lately, but apparently we're not the only ones. Toronto (the actual city in Canada), thank you for making the most ridiculous used electronics commercial I've ever seen. Stereos! Stereos! Stereos! [Next Round] » 9/10/10 1:20pm 9/10/10 1:20pm

Pixels for Pistols Trades Guns for Digital Cameras

Pixels for Pistols is a Toronto-based effort by the Henry's camera chain allowing anyone to trade in a gun, no questions asked, for a Nikon Coolpix S52 or Coolpix P60 camera. That's it. You give a gun and get a camera in an effort to get rid of unused guns that could be stolen and misused for crime. Lasting for four… » 10/22/08 2:45pm 10/22/08 2:45pm

Is This The Best Mantrap I've Ever Seen?

For when a lasso won't do, may I recommend The Trap, an art installation by This Is Collective, a bunch of rather clever designers. The embroidered steaks on the bedspread, means it will only work on meat-eating sewing freaks, ladies. The Trap was on show at the Come Up To My Room installation in Toronto last week. [… » 2/28/08 8:44am 2/28/08 8:44am

Toronto Cops Don't Like Bicycle Cars

While Fred Flintstone may appreciate the added efficiency of a pedal-powered car, members of the Toronto police department certainly do not. The product of artist Michel de Broin, the 1986 Buick Regal was entirely gutted and equipped with four independently geared bike pedal systems. Surprisingly enough, the system… » 12/04/07 9:53am 12/04/07 9:53am

Biggest BSOD of All Time?

At one of Toronto's locations of The Bay department store, four giant screens have suffered from the infamous Blue Screen of Death for days. You'd think that someone would, I dunno, turn off the freakin' screens. Or, at minimum, there's gotta be some 2.4gHz nanny cam feed they could leech for at least a few days… » 11/09/07 9:03am 11/09/07 9:03am